Teachers' comments lack clear thinking

It was a shocker to read the teachers' comments in the Sunday, May 16, article "Educators Respond to Limits on Teaching About Racism." One must conclude that the teachers quoted did not read nor understand the law they refer to or that they simply are biased in favor of the current thinking on racism. Their remarks are unbelievable in that they are not even related to provisions of the law — they seem to have simply pulled them out of the air to continue the theory that we are a systemically racist country.

The comments are so bizarre that one suspects that the reporter simply picked the ones that most reflect the current racial theories, while ignoring any teachers whose comments would indicate a certain balance in their thinking.

Very scary stuff! No wonder we have an educational system that seems equivalent to that of Biafra.

Bart McPherson

Hiawassee, Georgia


New race theories in keeping with King

Dear Rep. Robin Smith: I appreciate your keeping in contact with your constituents. Your perspective on issues is different from mine. You note in your May 10 newsletter: "This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reflects his legacy of opportunity, education and personal freedom regardless of race. The rewriting and reframing of history that some are trying to teach or introduce throughout our schools and culture are the antithesis of Dr. King's work of equality and the advancement of civil rights. Tennesseans are best served when we are committed to learning from our history. By doing so, we are creating our best days ahead, not living in the past."

Tennesseans are best served when we are learning from history. We'd be better citizens by knowing about the institutionalized racism that is part of U.S. history. We can use this knowledge to form a more perfect state and union. Such a curriculum is in keeping with Dr. King's work.

Robert Penn Warren noted: "History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."

Therese Pace Tuley


Are we wallowing with worst societies?

Looking back on the chain of lies that have been posited by politicians and financed by those who benefit from the big lies, we shouldn't be surprised the U.S. is faced with the biggest liar at the center of our discord.

It seems like the last sound advice this country received from a political leader was when President Eisenhower warned of the "military industrial complex."

There have always been lies injected into politics. The word "politic" itself is defined as shrewd, sly and opportune; that leaves the door open for interpretation and for some to step over that invisible line of integrity.

The biggest lies:

1) The private sector is capable of monitoring itself.

2) Putting money toward progressing society for all is bad.

3) We didn't enter the Middle East for oil.

4) Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

5) Mission accomplished.

The list goes through today, with some still insisting, without evidence, the 2020 election was stolen.

The United States needs to ask, before it's too late: Do we want to be a land of honor, empathy and stoicism, or do we want to wallow in the abyss with the worst societies in history?

John Mathna


Step up, businesses, to encourage work

States are cutting the extra $300-a-week benefit to jobless persons. Lawmakers claim the subsidy encourages people not to get into the workforce. But consider these things before you think people getting the $300 are lazy.

With 584K coronavirus deaths in our country, a great percentage of essential workers died, leaving an increase in job-wanted postings and fewer workers to fill those jobs.

According to VOX: " analysis confirms that a loss of access to childcare discourages women with young children from labor market participation." Estimates vary, but about 700,000 parents with young kids left the workforce in 2020. Child care access and its cost are huge problems.

$7.25 is the minimum wage in Tennessee and Georgia. According to "Best," the average two-bedroom apartment in Tennessee is about $850 monthly. If a minimum-wage worker gets 40 hours of work per week, they earn $1,160 monthly before taxes. Businesses must pay a living wage and offer 40 hours of work per week.

Subsidies are not the real issue. Lawmakers, listen. Improve child care (and elder care) costs and availability, and make sure jobs pay well enough to encourage people back into the workforce.

Pat Ralston



Liz Cheney my hero due to her integrity

When you don't allow people to express their opinions, you have shut down one of our most important amendments in the Constitution. The freedom of speech is what makes our country free and not a dictatorship. The Republican Party continues to not only attack people who disagree with their outrageous lies, but now they expel them. Liz Cheney is my hero. She has not wavered in her belief that many Republicans are following Trump right down the path to treason. I commend her for having the integrity to stand up against the greatest attack on our democracy in my lifetime.

Christine Robertson



Zoo fundraiser an all-around success

I recently attended The Chattanooga Zoo event "Spirits in the Wild" on May 15 and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The food and drink purveyors were varied and provided delicious samples. The music performers provided a nice ambience, especially the oboe/saxophone player.

Getting to meet some of the animals up close was special.

And the ticket price was reasonable for an all-inclusive event and a worthy cause.

Ed Burwitz

Signal Mountain